. >>> parts of west texas could see a white christmas this year. other areas can expect rain, like dallas. some snow is expected in the great lakes area. >>> a truly special holiday for hundreds of troops who spent last christmas in iraq. they are finally home. more than 300 soldiers from the ft. hood base third brigade reunited with their families today. on sunday, several hundred soldiers with the brigade were part of the last soldiers to leave iraq and cross into kuwait. we wish all of them and you a merry christmas. i'm natalie allen at cnn center in atlanta. "the two marys" continues right now. ♪ >> for centuries, she has been portrayed as a sinner, a prostitute whom jesus saves. in films such as "jesus christ superstar." ♪ i never thought i'd come to this ♪ >> what do you think? >> and "the last temptation of christ." >> is it so bad showing a prostitute's room? >> that tradition continues. [ bells toll ] and yet, mary magdalene is also adored by millions, who see in her humanity what jesus saw. a humanity that makes her a powerful witness to his life and his resurrection. it'